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1857-S $20 Liberty PCGS MS-62 - Ship of Gold

This stunning 1857 San Francisco Double Eagle was recovered from the SS Central America shipwreck, referred to as the "Ship of Gold."It was carefully curated to enhance its natural beauty and has been certified and graded by PCGS to be in Mint State 62 condition. Each coin in this exclusive release comes sealed in a specially-designed PCGS holder to protect the intricate details of the coin.

In addition, each holder contains a pinch of gold dust recovered from the shipwreck. Bob Evans, the Chief Scientist and curator of the find, has hand-signed the PCGS grading certificate and certified that it was indeed an authentic artifact from the recovery effort. We have a very limited amount of these coins available. Each one comes in a unique presentation box as shown in the pictures.

Please note that the coin shown here may not be the exact coin you receive, however, you can expect the quality and grade to be in-line with the coin we have displayed. The San Francisco Mint struck a total of 970,000 coins in 1857 and most have been lost or destroyed. High end examples of Double Eagles such as those recovered from the SS Central America are highly prized and sought-after. Supplies are very limited.

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In August of 1857, over 400 passengers and crew set sail aboard the SS Central America from San Francisco headed for New York. The so-called "Ship of Gold" contained an enormous amount of gold nuggets and bars mined during the California Gold Rush along with freshly-minted $20 gold coins struck in 1856 and 1857 from the San Francisco mint. In September, as the ship traveled along the coast of the Carolinas, it encountered a fierce hurricane rendering the ship helpless. Within a few hours, hundreds of passengers and the entire gold treasure sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean where it remained for the next 130 years. Gold coins from the SS Central America are highly desirable by collectors and investors around the world due to their amazing history, quality, and attractive price-points. Austin Rare Coins & Bullion is proud to be one of the few dealers who are able to offer the amazing treasure recovered from the SS Central America.
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